Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's Children
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Book ISBN: 9780061121081
Author(s): John Wood
Document type: Trade Paper
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Good book, but not the great read that it's made out to be
This book turned out to be more biographical about the author's journey than it was about practical advice to accomplish the same results. His writing style is somewhat self-absorbed, but there is an interesting story in there if you are willing and able to read between the lines.
Donald Ettore (Amazon.com)
great inspirational book
great book if you are contemplating quitting the rat race and do something you enjoy doing.
Inspiration and insights for aspiring career changers
Very candidly written, John Wood's Leaving Microsoft To Change The World is a fast-moving, inspirational book about a major career change. Wood left Microsoft as Director of Business Development in China and established the non-profit Room To Read. Accolades aside (and Wood deservingly has received many), he left behind a secure and prestigious job, a high salary, and a serious relationship to accomodate his radical transformation. There are numerous coaching lessons in Wood's story:
Dreams require hard work. Wood logs hundreds of thousands of miles and works round the clock.
There will be tradeoffs. The anecdote about Wood checking out the open house in San Francisco and realizing he will be a renter his whole life is refreshingly honest and funny. His reaction upon seeing the listing description: There. Is. No. Way.
Being true to yourself is the ultimate payoff. At first, Wood has to practice talking about himself. He is very candid about having a hard time answering the What Do You Do question the first few times around. But he also talks with genuine excitement and passion about everything he does, and he acknowledges (and you can feel it as you read it) that he has realized his true self.
There are many aspiring career changers out there. While most will not make as radical a transformation, there is insight and inspiration to be gained by going along with Wood on his journey.
Shame on you
John Wood changed the cover of his book to try to steal sales away from Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Journey to Change the World... One Child at a Time. Greg Mortenson's organization is small and needs all the help it can get. If he wants his book to sell...WRITE A BETTER BOOK! He should be ashamed.
Russell W. Sipes (Amazon.com)
Inspirational! Much like the author of "Three Cups of Tea", Greg Mortenson, this book shows that one person CAN make a difference!
S. Ptacek (Amazon.com)
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